Nettleton High Students to Compete at International Science Fair

May 10 , 2007 - Posted at 5:00 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO-Four students from Nettleton High could be America's next top scientists.

Next week they are making their way to Albuquerque, New Mexico for the International Science and Engineering Fair.

"The International Science and Engineering Fair is a fabulous experience for everyone. It's very culturally diverse. You get to meet kids from allover the world. We share our research together and that's a really good and fabulous experience," said Senior, Zoe Teague.

For these students, getting there has been a long road that started with a simple assignment.

"It's very difficult in the beginning, developing an idea and then finishing it. I've worked on this same project for three years now. Once you find an idea you just have to stick with it and keep going."

Zoe Teague has now concluded that fruit flies prefer natural sweeteners versus artificial ones.

Her friend Jessica Lack is also competing.

"Last year was my first year to go to ISEF. I really didn't have any idea what that was going to be like. I was required to do a project for class, so I did. It ended up being a blast at internationals," said Lack.

Her project compared the proteins found on the inside and outside of latex rubber gloves.

"To my knowledge, no one has ever tester whether there was a difference, so it's unique. I hope this helps me when judging comes around," said Lack.

The students from Nettleton High will be competing against nearly 1,500 other students from 45 different countries for a chance to win more than 4-million dollars in scholarships and prizes.

The final project going, is a joint effort between friends Caleb Gragg and Jordan Farris.

"We wanted to see if BMI actually did relate to how well you did in school, your reaction time, or your self-perception of yourself," said Caleb Gragg.

What they found is that student's GPA's were more of a concern than their BMI.

"We were surprised, but we were really happy with the product, because we were hoping BMI would not affect school, academics, or anything," said Jordan Farris.

The students will spend next week in New Mexico competing.

K8 news will be acquiring live interviews from Albuquerque throughout the week.

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